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    Universal Hotel APH Rates Just Extended Into August 2021

    FYI, this morning Universal extended its annual passholder rates for onsite hotels through the second week in August.
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    Describe your first trip to WDW. How old were you? What year was it?

    It was 1983: I was 7 and my sister was 5. It was done on a shoe-string budget, too! My parents bought a second-hand pop-up camper with a crack in the roof (Dad was handy, and patched it up so well the camper lasted another 10 years) for $400, and hitched it up to our big old van. The van, by the...
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    Initial planning: even feasible without a car?

    It's very doable, so long as you have a sufficient budget for rideshares or other (taxi, towncar) hired transportation. We never rent a vehicle: unless we're able to use Disney's complimentary Magical Express to/from the airport (this will no longer be an option after 2021 except as a paid...
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    First Time visit in July - Need Advice

    FYI, APH rates usually come out 2-3 months ahead -- I think currently they've been released through May. What we usually do is go ahead and book the room we want, and then when APH rates come out, either call and have our reservation modified to the APH rate, or if our room isn't offered with...
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    Covid Vaccine Updates and General Discussion About Vaccines

    We're situated about midway between Rochester and Syracuse, and have been heading in both directions (Syracuse Fairgrounds and Rochester Dome Arena for under-65s, and for the older folks, to pharmacies from Auburn to Lyons) for appointments. I'm sorry to hear that things are even tougher out...
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    Covid Vaccine Updates and General Discussion About Vaccines

    I'm also in New York, and our experiences were similar. Since January, I've booked about 10 appointments for various eligible loved ones: I'll bet each one took a solid 2 hours of effort: clicking, refreshing, waiting in online queues for multiple pharmacies and the NYS sites, etc. I cannot...
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    Universal Orlando Restaurants: ADRs Available 6 Months Ahead

    I apologize if this is old news, but in planning my family's upcoming combo Universal/WDW trip, I noticed that all of the in-park and CityWalk restaurants at Universal Orlando now appear to be taking table service reservations at 6 months out. This includes restaurants that didn't used to take...
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    When are package tickets considered "activated" with online check-in?

    Thank you! That makes total sense.
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    When are package tickets considered "activated" with online check-in?

    This is a ticket activation question regarding an upcoming Universal-and-Disney vacation, in which we'll be transferring early in the morning from our Universal Hotel to CBR to begin the WDW leg of our trip. The WDW portion is a room-and-ticket package. The family really wants to hit Hollywood...
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    Same price - less hours - no after dark magic

    This was happening even before COVID. We were at WDW a year ago -- over February break, one of the five busiest weeks of the year -- and the parks stayed open no later than 8pm (HS and AK) or 9pm (MK and Epcot) every night, all for less time than prior years, with no extension to the schedule...
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    Feedback on park reservations

    Looks fine (balanced) to me -- especially if you have parkhoppers, so you can go elsewhere on your HS days if you can't get an RoTR boarding group, and/or once the lines get prohibative. I've also read that if you decide to switch up your park reservations during your vacation, HS is the hardest...
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    Going in september

    Welcome! I don't think September is a terrible time to travel -- it will be hot and there's always the chance of hurricane-season wind and rain, but crowds will also be on the low side. A rainstorm or a heat wave in Disney World is still preferable (to me, anyway) than a comfortable day in my...
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    Looking for table service places to eat. Inexpensive for 8?

    True! Wish there was a discount for being young at heart.
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    Looking for table service places to eat. Inexpensive for 8?

    Great advice! I just had a minor correction: I believe the cut-off for charging a child as an "adult" for dining purposes is ages 10 and over, not 12.
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    Looking for table service places to eat. Inexpensive for 8?

    You'll find lower prices dining a la carte (no buffets, etc. - e.g., 'Ohana is $58/adult BEFORE tax and tip): you can Google for the current lists of best out-of-pocket values, but FWIW my family's favorites in each park for value and portion size are Via Napoli (Epcot, order a pizza to share as...
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